All Electric Mercedes-Benz Vito to Challenge Ford Transit Connect
Limited range vehicles are being introduced by the dozen these days, and for a good reason. Many people in the market for more fuel efficient vehicles live close enough to their jobs that it doesn't matter. But what about those companies that need a short range vehicle for something as simple as delivery? Mercedes plans on solving this with the production of their Vito Electric Vehicle.
The delivery style van will begin with a series of 100 units, the first 20 of which have already been confirmed for delivery. Power for the Vito is drawn from a 32kWh lithium ion battery stack powering an electric motor at the rear wheels. From a full charge, it can provide a range of about 80 miles. This is while lugging cargo totaling just shy of 2000lbs. The top speed of the Vito it electronically limited to 50mph, due to being designed as a means of urban transportation.
Depending on how well the first wave of production units does, Mercedes could be ramping up those production numbers to about 2000. This would also require some additional market testing, but the engineers see no real issues in the immediate future.GizMag